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How-to Session: “How can I get my research published and recognized?”

Commented by Pedro Marques-Vidal, Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science Section Chair-Elect

This How-to Session: “How can I get my research published and recognized?” was held at EuroPrevent 2018 in Ljubljana and is commented by one of the speakers.

Risk Factors and Prevention

Chairpersons & Speakers


Silvia Castelletti and Susana Sans Menendez


  • Massimo Piepoli
  • Pedro Marques-Vidal
  • Diederick Grobbee
  • Luc Vanhees


The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (EJPC) is the official journal of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC). The number of submissions has been increasing steadily in the last years, and it is expected that it will exceed 1000 for the current year. Manuscripts are submitted from all over the world, and readers from all over the world download the articles. The impact factor has also been increasing, although more emphasis is being put on other indicators such as the altmetric index, which collates all citations in social networks related to one article.

Several issues have to be taken into account if one wants to have his/her manuscript considered by the editorial board:

  1. The topic has to be innovative, or at least apply to a wide number of readers. Local studies with no generalizability will be rejected. A good idea is to check how many publications exist on the topic you want to develop. If there are many and all report the same findings, then the topic is of little interest.
  2. Reviews, meta-analyses or multicentric studies using a common methodology have a higher likelihood of citation and are favoured.
  3. Studies focusing on health economics, specific groups (migrants, very elderly, non-participants), assessing the effect of health policies, the impact of location (geographic epidemiology) or of new technologies are underrepresented and should be increased.

When formatting the paper, several issues also have to be taken in account:

  1. The title should be concise (10-12 words) and catchy. It should not contain abbreviations and should not suggest only local relevance
  2. The abstract is usually the first and perhaps only part of the manuscript that an editor will read. A good abstract increases the likelihood of the manuscript to be favourably considered
  3. The introduction should provide a single objective and a clear hypothesis. Studies will multiple aims are usually very messy and difficult to understand
  4. The methods have to be well described, so that a reader can replicate the study. Statistical analyses should be adequate given the data collected.
  5. The results need to correspond to the original aim. Put most if not all results in tables or figures, do not replicate them in the text.
  6. In the discussion, start by briefly summarizing your findings and quickly state the study strengths and limitations.
  7. The conclusion should be short and written as a “take-home” message.

During the discussion, all presenters emphasized the need for clear, concise and replicable research, the impact and interest of which goes beyond the scientific community. Studies that can be readily taken by policymakers or that can interest the public and the media are welcomed.

Note: The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology.

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This How-to Session: “How can I get my research published and recognized?” was held at EuroPrevent 2018 in Ljubljana .

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